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Jared Langford is a happy man. The desk clerk at the Deerbourne Inn knows everyone in his cozy town in Vermont. He is accepted and loved by the community, but he's missing someone special in his life.

Devastating news has brought journalist Xander Fortier to Willow Springs for some much-needed rest. He's photographed every major conflict in the world for the last 10 years, but being stateside has forced him to reassess the solitary life he's been living.

Something in Xander's gruff demeanor calls to Jared's caring nature. Soon the men are spending time together, but Jared's kisses might not be enough to keep Xander from leaving. Can the men find a happily ever after if they only have today?

©2021 Gabbi Grey (P)2021 Gabbi Grey

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Amazing!

I loved this cozy , angsty opposites attract.

The storyline was interesting and the characters were likeable, real and relatable.

The writing style was enjoyable and appealed to me.

Thr narration was absolutely brilliant and perfect

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Beautiful emotional ride

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I was given a free audio copy from the author and the GRR arc team for review.

The narrator was fantastic. He had a pleasant reading voice with a lovely accent, was age appropriate, kept a good pace and did different voices for the different characters. He expressed all the emotions and did a wonderful performance. 5 stars.

It's a super quick read that you won't want to put down. I kept needing to turn the page to find out what happens. It is very sweet but also very emotional, heartbreaking and heartwarming.

Get the tissues and prepare for a Rollercoaster of emotions. I did have to put this down at around the 75% mark cause I thought oh no I am not prepared for what was to come. Based on the blurb I expected a love story where the biggest drama would be whether or not the traveling famous photographer decides to stay but boy was I wrong. I don't want to spoiler but this book is definitely heart breaking but beautiful. The characters were all great. The 2 MCs had great chemistry and the plot was well written and definitely kept my interest.

The only reason I give didn't rate it a full 5 stars is due to zero heat. Given the story I understand but still I definitely missed it. Especially to break up the angst it would have been nice. Either way it was a great story that I definitely would recommend but just brace yourself going in. The writing was pretty good though the ending seemed rushed but under the circumstances I guess I could understand wanting to rush things.

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My favorite by this author and narrator to date

Once again I'm listening to the audiobook after I've read the e-book. I have to say that I'm having a great time noticing how different the two versions are from each other.

One of my favorite things about listening to both versions is that I catch little things that I missed the first time around.

I love that Gabbi's guys have made it into 2 Deerbourne Inn books. What a great addition to the series.

I remember thinking when I read the e-book that it was one of the best books I'd read this year and now it's one of the best audiobooks I've listened to as well. It's definitely my fave Gabbi Grey book to date!

The characters are more complex than they appear at first glance as is the story. It's a very well written story that's put together beautifully.

Xander and Jared are both a little needy and lonely and a tiny bit angsty. Of course they have some big things to work through and grow as individuals and as a couple as the relationship blossoms. I sometimes wondered how they would overcome things to reach their HEA, I sometimes thought that they were silly to impose some of those obstacles on themselves, I sometimes cried because the things they were feeling were so real and raw. I had moments where I was frightened for their future together and moments when I cheered on and celebrated them. I can assure you that they earn their HEA.

Lastly, I love that Callum and Elijah made an appearance in this book. I adore the both of them!

Michael Ferraiuolo's narration was spot on for this book. He really does a great job bringing these characters to life.

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Great romance with good character development.

This is the third audiobook by this author I have listened to. With each book, I am more drawn in to the characters and their chemistry with each other. This book takes place in a series that revolves around The Deerbourne Inn which has many contributing authors focusing on many different couples. This is Gabbi Grey’s second in this series and it was probably as different from her first as the other novels in the series are. In the last book, there was a mystical twist with a happy ending and it was nice to see that couple appear in this book and to hear Michael Ferraiuolo’s Scottish accent again. Swoon! Since I’ve mentioned the narration, I have to say he is one of my favorites and he really brings the story to life.

So in the first book, I mentioned a mystical twist, and while I consider this book more settled in reality as we know it, I did have a moment of wonderment at the end of this book. Was there a possible miracle? Or was it human error, a medical mistake? I’m not sure, but I have jumped too far ahead. Lets start at the beginning. We start the story from Xander’s point of view as he takes in the quaint town of Willow Springs. It’s idyllic in ways but so different from the big city life and it’s conveniences that he is used to. He finds the inn locked up until Jared comes in and starts his shift in the hotel.

Jared is a real sweetie, whose past was marred by the tragic death of his sister. Misunderstandings had him feeling set apart from his family. He loves his job at the inn, acts in local plays/musicals, and has a serious photography hobby. Because of that he knows who Xander is when he checks into the inn. A world famous photojournalist who has been in war zones and poverty stricken areas to shed light on those situations and the human element affected by them. It’s fair to say that Jared is an outright fan. But as much as he enjoys his job and hobbies, there is a loneliness in Jared. He longs to find someone to share that life with.

Xander is also lonely, though some of it is self-imposed. Between his fast paced job with lots of travel and the devastating news mentioned in the blurb he lacks any relationships with emotional attachments. There is something about the friendly Jared though. Xander tries to hold himself back but he finds himself drawn in just as much as Jared does with him. In their brief acquaintance, I suppose things kind of move fast, but with both characters hesitancy it felt like it was a slow-ish build up to the two men falling for each other. They don’t know how much time they have, jobs out of the country, devastating news, and all. But they can’t stop themselves.

I really enjoyed this story. I thought Xander and Jared were sweet together, and I just really felt a lot for Jared in particular with his openness and caring spirit. I thought there was a decent amount of character growth in this somewhat short audio as well, as Jared takes a chance to mend things with his parents, and Xander learns there is more things in life for him to enjoy than what his old life provided. I am glad I picked up this audio and I can’t wait to see what this author has in store for me next.

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Charming insta-love story

Jared and Xander might live different kinds of lives and they’re pretty different on the surface, but deep down they’ve more in common that might be evident at first glance. Chance - or fate - brings them together and they immediately feel attraction and their feelings quickly deepen. They both have issues, but through meeting each other and supporting each other they can move forward.

This is a charming love story with some angst but it’s mainly about finiding ”the one” and how that can change life to the better. Michael Ferraiuolo’s narration is wonderful as always. Recommended!

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Jared and Xander

Jared is happy with his life as the desk clerk at Deerbourne Inn. He knows everyone and is accepted in the community. Xander is trying to get his bearings after receiving some news that has a serious impact on his life. In the beginning of the story he feels very distracted and gruff. I really liked how Jared didn't let Xander push him away and I enjoyed how Xander started showing his feelings for Jared. I highly recommend this book. I received an ARC of this audio for my honest review.

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Not what I was expecting

From the blurb I was expecting something not quite as angsty but it’s worth it.

The characters are charming and lovable. The narrator does a great job of projecting that in each of them.

The story has good flow, not a lot of heat which I guess you could say is obvious per the how things go.

Still thought it was great book. New to me author I would definitely read again.

Michael Ferraiuolo narration is perfection as usual.

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Two men who deserve a HEA

Gabbi Grey is a new to me author and I really enjoyed this book. I loved Jared from the start. He is a really sweet character. You know from the beginning that Xander is working through something. They both had secrets so it added a bit of angst to the story which I love! I liked how their relationship progressed. They really got to know each other. There were a few times that I teared up so have some tissues handy. Michael Ferraiuolo was awesome as usual.

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Rollercoaster Romance

I enjoyed listening to Jared and Xander's story. This is a new to me author, but when I saw that Michael Ferraiuolo was the narrator, I thought I would give it a chance. I went on an emotional rollercoaster with this story. However, I wish there was some heat. Especially, after what these two went through.

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We love for today!

Delightful engaging and heartfelt story of finding love when you least expect it. Really enjoyed the narration, it truly brought the book alive for me!

I really enjoyed how these two very different men found companionable friendship that grew to include a steamy connection and love. These MC's were very different men who were both successful in life doing very different things and had different goals. I really enjoyed the folks around Jared, his boss was wonderful. I found Xander a very interesting character, being a world-renowned photojournalist with lots of experiences. His appreciation of Jared's photography was beautiful and really gave them a shared passion (besides each other).

This book was a surprise for me, I really thought when I picked it up that it would be a sweet easy read. This book really packs an emotional punch, i laughed, cried a lot and celebrated the ending with these very strong and amazing men. I do not want to spoil the story for anyone, but I will say that this book is a beautiful story of courage, love and growth.

I love the idea that we love for today and I totally agree that tomorrow is a gift. I love that this story has a fabulous ending that made me happy.

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  • Emma Vago
  • 07-31-21

Super sweet emotional romance

This is a super sweet emotional romance. I fell in love with with both Jerad and Xanda. I love how Michael Ferriauolo brought these characters to life! Definitely a highly recommend listen.

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  • Ulrika
  • 07-25-21

Charming insta-love story

Jared and Xander might live different kinds of lives and they’re pretty different on the surface, but deep down they’ve more in common that might be evident at first glance. Chance - or fate - brings them together and they immediately feel attraction and their feelings quickly deepen. They both have issues, but through meeting each other and supporting each other they can move forward.

This is a charming love story with some angst but it’s mainly about finiding ”the one” and how that can change life to the better. Michael Ferraiuolo’s narration is wonderful as always. Recommended!

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 07-17-21

Great second chance story

I love romances set in small town inns and this one is just wonderful. It's almost a second chance romance as Jared and Xander face a terrible truth and then get their chance at that HEA. Tugs at your heartstrings in all the best ways. Michael Ferraiuolo is so good with these kinds of stories. He never comes close to going over the top, but you can hear the characters hearts breaking and then being put back together in his voice.

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  • Belinda Zamora
  • 07-17-21

Beautiful

Jared and Xander are both leery when it comes to affairs of the heart.
Jared is sweet sunshine and Xander is surly.
I loved that they actually took their time to get to know one another first and didn't just jump into bed immediately.
A terrible truth nearly tears these men apart before they even get started but thankfully the situation is resolved.
Michael Ferraiuolo did an amazing job narrating and keeping me thoroughly engaged throughout.

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  • Magnus
  • 07-17-21

Great

Another great story by Gabbi Gray. Jared and Xander where amazing characters to get to know. Michael Ferraiuolo did a super job as always with the narration. Can not wait for more stories fron Gabbi Gray to hit Audible.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • alias11
  • 07-17-21

Fun, supersweet listen

I loved this fun, sweet, low-angst listen! Jared and Xander were wonderful characters, and I loved the way they filled in the holes in each other's lives. A romance seemed impossible due to circumstances in their lives (no spoilers), but love always finds a way. Jared's parents were great, too, and I loved the way Jared's Dad had The Talk with Xander about his intentions toward Jared. Very amusing. I really enjoyed the banter and teasing between Xander and Jared, and the way Jared got Xander to try new musical things.

The narration by Michael Ferraiuolo was excellent. I have listened to many of his audiobook narrations, and I have yet to hear one that is anything but spectacular.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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  • Dee Slate
  • 07-17-21

Delightful 😊

What a lovely story ❤ The kind of story one reads while cosy, comfy and sipping a favourite drink. Jared and Xander were good for each other - they each gave the other something that made them whole. For Jared, he gets to experience the world, in a way, through Xander's experiences as a photojournalist and Xander finds home, with Jared. A sweet, emotional story.
Again, Michael Ferrauiolo provides a stellar vocal accompaniment to a lovely story ❤ MF has such a range that'll the characters are distinct, including their emotions and personalities. It is always a pleasure to listen to MF. Loved the narration!

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  • Larissa
  • 07-16-21

Short, sweet story paired with excellent narration

This is a lovely book that brings all the feels. Jared and Xander’s romance is not the warm and fluffy type. Rather, there’s a serious thread of loneliness and regret running throughout this story. These men have put up tall walls and it takes some doing to allow themselves to really be “seen” by the other. But when it happens it’s a beautiful thing.

Michael Ferraiuolo’s narration of the audiobook is a definite value-add. He brings these characters to life so much so that you forget that he is the one doing the talking, not Jared and Xander. His vocal performance brings dimension to this story, making it a much more immersive experience than it would have been on text alone.

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  • Sabbath
  • 07-16-21

Deep in the feels.

Grey is a new to me author and has obtained a new fan! Jared and Xander bring a very strong and emotional story. Ferraiuolo’s narration is brilliant and his talents shine in this story. Keep a tissue or two for sure.

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  • HelenMK69
  • 07-16-21

Insta Love, but no hot sex scenes

This book is part of a multi-author series of which I hadn't read any, so treat this book as a stand-alone, and it works well.

The characters are well built and narrated extremely well by Michael Ferraiuolo, as he always does. However, like usual, I did have to speed it up on audible to 1.30

This book has a lot of heartfelt tear-jerker moments as the characters are built. But in the end, we do get a HEA. Well worth the read/listen.

If Only for Today
Deerbourne Inn, Book 25
By: Gabbi Grey
Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
Series: Deerbourne Inn Series
Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins


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